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Mon 22 June: SS John Fisher and Thomas More, Martyrs
John Fisher (c. 19 October 1469 – 22 June 1535), venerated as Saint John Fisher, was an English Catholic theologian. A man of learning, associated with the intellectuals and political leaders of his day, he eventually became Bishop of Rochester and Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. Bishop Fisher was executed by order of Henry VIII for upholding the doctrine of Papal Supremacy in England. He was raised to Cardinal shortly before his death. He is honoured as a Martyr and Saint of the Church.
Sir Thomas More (7 February 1478 – 6 July 1535), was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman and noted Renaissance humanist author of Utopia. He was also a councillor to Henry VIII and Lord Chancellor from October 1529 to 16 May 1532. Opposed to the principles of the Protestant Reformation, in particular the theologies of Martin Luther and William Tyndale, More was tried for treason for his refusal to accept the ecclesiastical realignment of England as a result of the King’s Great Matter; he was convicted and beheaded. He is honoured as a Martyr and Saint of the Church.
Tues 23 June: S Etheldreda (Audrey)
No Mass today
Etheldreda (Æthelthryth, Ediltrudis, Audrey) (d.679), queen, foundress and abbess of Ely. She was the daughter of Anna, king of East Anglia, and was born, probably, at Exning, near Newmarket in Suffolk. At an early age she was married (c.652) to Tondberht, ealdorman of the South Gyrwas, but she remained a virgin. She became a nun at Coldingham under her aunt Ebbe (672) and founded a double monastery at Ely in 673. Etheldreda restored an old church at Ely, reputedly destroyed by Penda, pagan king of the Mercians, and built her monastery on the site of what is now Ely Cathedral.
Wed 24 June: Nativity of S John Baptist
9.30am Mass followed by Coﬀee
Christians have long interpreted the life of John the Baptist as a preparation for the First Coming of Jesus Christ, and the circumstances of his birth, as recorded in the New Testament are miraculous. John’s pivotal place in the gospel is seen in the emphasis Luke gives to the announcement of his birth and the event itself—both made prominently parallel to the same occurrences in the life of Jesus.
Thursday 25 June: Weekday
No morning Mass
6pm Eucharistic Adoration until 7pm Mass
Eucharistic Adoration is a sign of devotion to and worship of Jesus Christ, whom we believe is present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, under the appearance of the Host, which is the consecrated Altar bread at Mass. As a devotion, Eucharistic Adoration and meditation are more than merely looking at the Blessed Host, but are a continuation of what we celebrate in the Eucharist – the Real Presence of Christ among us in the consecrated Bread (and Wine) of the Altar. Come and worship Christ the Lord – with us.
Friday 26 June: Weekday
Saturday 27 June: Of Our Lady
On Saturdays in Ordinary Time we often remember the maternal example and discipleship of the Blessed Virgin Mary who, strengthened by faith and hope, on that great Saturday on which Our Lord lay in the tomb, was the only one of His disciples to hold vigil in expectation of the Lord’s resurrection; it is a preparation and introduction to the celebration of Sunday, the weekly memorial of the Resurrection of Christ; and it is a sign that the Virgin Mary is continuously present and active in the life of the Church as she encourages us to follow her Son, who is her Saviour and ours..